Formed in 2008, The Shakespeares Sister Company (SSC) is a not-for-profit theater organization supporting women in the arts. Our commitment is to produce plays by female authors, as well as by Sir William Shakespeare. Our mission is to address global change through the theater, including workshops with the community and literacy for youth.
<ul><li> 1. Celebrating the First Four Seasons of the SSC! Season One: Broadway Benefit and Virginia performanceBroadway Benefit at Castle Clinton, Battery Park, Downtown NYC Virginia Performance at Arthur Seelen Theater, NYCSeason Two: Twelfth Night performance and Shirley Knight Shakespeare WorkshopTwelfth Night at Hudson Guild Theater, Downtown NYCShirley Knight Shakespeare Workshop at Producers Club, NYCSeason Three: Lupus Arts Initiative and Extensive Shelter Arts WorkshopsLupus Arts Workshop at YMCA, Downtown Brooklyn Shelter Arts Workshops, Brooklyn Armory, Downtown BrooklynSeason Four: The Woolf Series, Puppet Playdates, SSC Retreat & Sunday on the Rocks performancesWorld Premiere of MUSE in Puppet Playdates,Artist Retreat inSunday on the Rocks at theThe Woolf Series at The Delancey,Downtown BrooklynThe CatskillsRed Room Theater, Downtown NYCDowntown NYC</li></ul>
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Highlighted TestimonialsWith the healing power of artistic expression, the Shakespeares Sister Company gives a voice tothe less fortunate and with that gift, a new hope for a better life is able to flourish.-Elise Morris, Donor, Professional Musician and ComposerNew York City is a city full of millions of people creating content and no one is doing whatShakespeares Sister Company is doingwhich is rare.-Molly Pearson, Theater and Film ProducerBeing a part of the SSC is a fun way to experience theater while giving back to the community.-Christina Boris, Donor, President, The Marketing ExchangeShakespeares Sister Company is very brave, garners people around it and does work!-Shellen Lubin, Playwright, Board Member, League of Professional Theater WomenEstablished to bridge the modern world with the classic, re-connecting people to great literaturethrough brilliant theatre, SSC provides opportunities to experience theatre up close and personal.-Sofia Jones, Donor, Project Manager, McGraw HillIve seen women that really arent connected to anything, but they connected to Womens TheaterWorkshop and with the Shakespeares Sister Company.-Julia DiGiacamo, Clinical Director, Park Slope Womens Shelter, CAMBAAwarded Grants and HonorsOctober, 2012 Awarded membership into the League of Professional Theater Women, theManhattan Chamber of Commerce and ART New York.July, 2012 Puffin Foundation grant recipient dedicated to our production of Romeo and JulietJuly, 2011 - Lucius and Eva Fund grant recipient dedicated to SSCs 2012 educational initiativesJune, 2010 Nominated for the Brooklyn Do-Gooder Awards and the Union Square Awards forArts in the Shelters outreach programsDecember, 2009 - Awarded the Volunteer Award for Arts Advocacy Shelter Initiative from CAMBAMarch, 2009 Awarded membership into the Virginia Woolf International Society as a guestspeaker at the Annual Virginia Woolf Conference in NYC 3. Our Mission StatementThe Shakespeares Sister Company is a not for profit company dedicatedto women in the theater producing plays by female authors and William Shakespeare. Our commitment is to address global change through the theater, including empowerment workshops and literacy for youth.Our patron saint is one of the worlds greatest pioneers of the literary andintellectual community, Mrs. Virginia Woolf. In her essay "A Room ofOnes Own", she refers to herself as "Shakespeares Sister," examiningwomen and their struggles as artists in literary history. Mrs. Woolfrepresents the independent thinking, leadership and passion that theShakespeares Sister Company exhibits. 4. About the SSCSince 2008, the Shakespeares Sister Companyoperates as an incorporated not-for-profit theatercompany in the state of New York and is fiscally sponsored through Fractured Atlas, a not-for-profit501c3 arts service organization.Fractured Atlas will receive grants on behalf of the Shakespeares Sister Company, provide insight to ensure that the grant funds areused in accordance with agreements and provide reports as required by the grantor.Contributions on behalf of Shakespeares Sister Company may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductibleto the extent permitted by law. 5. Meet our Advisory Board and Board of DirectorsAward-Winning Actress, Shirley Knight Royal Shakespeare Actor,Theater Education Mentor, Bill Homewood Dr. Patricia ClarkPresident, Artistic DirectorKris LundbergDirector of Public Relations,Director of Marketing,Maria Lundberg Effie Philippakos 6. OUR ADVISORY BOARD The Shakespeares Sister Company Advisory Board, includes the generous support of award-winning actress, Shirley Knight. In Fall of 2009, Ms. Knight conducted aShakespeare workshop as a benefit for the Shakespeares Sister Company at the Producers Club in New York City. To advise us regarding producing theater for the stage is Royal Shakespeare Company actor, Bill Homewood. Finally, the Shakespeares Sister Company education mentor is Dr. Patricia Clark, the Head of the TheaterEducation department at East Carolina University. BOARD OF DIRECTORSKris Lundberg, President, Artistic Director: Kris serves as the President, Founder and Artistic Director ofthe Shakespeares Sister Company. Kris has worked as a professional actress, playwright and teaching artistwith several grassroots not-for-profit theater companies in the five boroughs of New York. In 1998, her stageplay Feathers received high acclaim from Londons Time Out for her production run at the Link Theater inLondon, UK. In 2000, Kris was awarded a community award for her puppet show Scamper and Champ thattoured the North Carolina coast teaching children about coping with grief caused by the devastation ofhurricanes. In 2009, she was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation Plaque by CAMBA for her WomensTheater Workshop job development program. This past year, Kris was nominated for both the Brooklyn Do-Gooder Awards and the Union Square Awards for her Arts in the Shelters outreach programs. Kris holds aBachelor of Science in Theater Education from East Carolina University.Effie Philippakos, Director of Marketing: Effie serves as the Director of Marketing for the ShakespearesSister Company, as well as on our Board of Directors. She has over fifteen years of experience working inmarketing, analytics and business development. Currently, she works as the Director of Marketing at GainCapital, where she has been since 2005. Effie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics fromRutgers and a Masters of Arts in Applied Economics from Florida State University.Maria Lundberg, Director of Public Relations: Maria serves as the Director of Public Relations for theShakespeares Sister Company, as well as on the Board of Directors. She has over twenty years of experiencein public relations and mass communication. Maria joined the faculty at Francis Marion University in 2007 asAssistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism. Prior to moving into the world of academia in 2002, she workedin the field of Broadcasting for 17 years as an associate producer for KTVY-TV (Oklahoma City, OK), Co-Anchor for KHBS-TV (Fort Smith, AK) and Evening News Anchor for KTEN-TV (Ada, OK). In 1998, shemade the transition from commercial television to public television, working as a producer-reporter for NorthCarolinas PBS network where she continues to produce freelance reports for the nightly newsmagazineprogram, North Carolina Now. Through the years, Maria has received several awards for her work, includingthe Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Achievement in Childrens Programming,ITVA Silver Reel Award for her documentary script for Rodin: A Man of Passion, and a nomination for theSoutheastern Regional Emmy for the script of the documentary program Lumina: Remembering the Light.Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Education from the University of Connecticut and aMaster of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma. 7. SSC Theatrical ProductionsSunday on the Rocks, A play by Theresa Rebeck Presented in anticipation of domestic violence awareness month and Red Room Theater, New York City, NYnominated for the New York September 29th October 9th, 2011 Innovative Theater Awards! Twelfth Night, A play by William ShakespeareHudson Guild Theater, New York City, NYApril 26, 2010Virginia, A play by Edna OBrienArthur Seelen Theater, New York City, NY January 25, 2009 8. The Woolf SeriesProducing play readings of six New York Citybased emerging female playwrights whichpremiere free to the public and mentor writers. 9. Educational & Community Outreach InitiativesFrom YouthPuppet Playdates with Miss Kris!Children play theater games, build friendships, confidence,leadershipand sense of self by encouraging children to socialize and developtheir cognitive skills in a safe, nurturing environment.To AdultsWomens Theater Workshop!A program the SSC has specifically designed using theater skills tohelp women in the NYC safe houses transition to permanent housingand re-entry into the workforce. 100% Success Rate. 10. Events & Benefits Shirley Knights Shakespeare Workshop Producers Club, New York City, NY Fall, 2009 Acclaimed actress, Shirley Knight has won nominations for two Academy Awards, ten Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, British Academy Award and the Helen Hayes Award!Renaissance Broadway BenefitFeaturing Doug Katsaros (The Toxic Avenger), Meredith Inglesby (The LittleMermaid), Bobby Daye (Shrek), and Elise Morris (Opa!)Castle Clinton, Battery Park, New York City, NYOctober, 2008High Tea Literary Book SwapFeaturing Catherine Delors, best selling author ofMistress of the RevolutionLady Mendls Tea Salon, New York City, NYMarch, 2010 11. SSC is Visited fromall around the World!To date, the Shakespeares Sister Company website is visited from themajority of the United States and over 33 countries worldwide!The map below tracks our many unique visitors who have expressed interest inour company. It is a valuable resource for our corporate sponsors whose listingon our patrons page reverts back to their company website thus increasing trafficto their business websites. 12. For more details and information,please visit us atwww.shakespearessister.org and join our mailing list.Join our page on Facebook and group on LinkedInPin us on Pinterest - shakessis Follow the SSC on Twitter - @shakessisVideos of the Woolf Series and Puppet Playdates with Miss Kris may also be viewed on our webpage.</p>